GOP lawyer Benjamin Ginsberg said the Republican Party has spent decades “looking for illegal voting” and they still have “no proof of widespread fraud,” despite President Donald Trump’s claims that increased mail-in voting will lead to a “rigged” election.
Ginsberg, who practiced election law for 38 years, penned an opinion piece in The Washington Post that called out Trump for “urging his supporters to illegally vote twice.”
Last week, Trump told North Carolina voters to test the mail-in voting system by sending their ballot in and then going to a polling site to vote. He said if the system worked, voters would be unable to cast their ballot in person. Voting twice is illegal.
The co-chair of the bipartisan 2013 Presidential Commission on Election Administration wrote that GOP lawyers have “searched in vain over four decades for fraudulent double voting.”
“At long last, they have a blatant example of a major politician urging his supporters to illegally vote twice,” he wrote. “The only hitch is that the candidate is President Trump.”
He said Trump’s request would lead to what the president has been saying will happen with mail-in ballots, a “rigged” and “fraudulent” election.
“The president’s actions — urging his followers to commit an illegal act and seeking to undermine confidence in the credibility of election results — are doubly wrong,” Ginsberg wrote.
Ginsberg said he spent “38 years in the GOP’s legal trenches” looking for cases of election fraud. He noted that “decades of dedicated investigation have produced only isolated incidents of election fraud.”
He wrote that the “lack of evidence” that widespread voter fraud exists makes Trump’s claims that it is a problem “unsustainable.”
He said the Trump 2016 campaign, which he was not involved in, “could produce no hard evident of systemic fraud.” He noted Trump’s Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity in 2017 was disbanded without finding any proof of voter fraud.
“The truth is that after decades of looking for illegal voting, there’s no proof of widespread fraud,” he wrote. “At most, there are isolated incidents — by both Democrats and Republicans. Elections are not rigged.”
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